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Saturday….time to chill? (plus a vlog!)

Absent for too long….two things and a rant!

I figured I’d do a couple more Dad cards before the OWH deadline (April 30)….I had this image I’d colored that took me ages to complete! I’m not one to take this long, usually, but it was hours and hours of coloring and layering to get this one down.

Sandy Allnock MFT Whos Watching TV 1

Copics: I had a sticky note (this was colored before my nice notebook went into effect) that was on this one – but it had a bunch of yellows and reds listed. SO I’m guessing that one was for another image. Dagnabbit. If I find the right sticky I’ll come back here and edit! Papers by MME – Stella Rose collection. Stamp by MFT. Ribbon from May Arts.Sandy Allnock MFT Whos Watching TV 2

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My Craft Room Tour

See below for lots of still photos too!

1old desk
My old craft desk!
Digital rendering of the cabinets before anything started
2old shipping
The old shipping “table”
3 paint inspiration
Color inspiration
Color inspiration
4paint choices
Deciding what shade of yellow. Or teal
Warning! lol. No, this was not me.
Wall is out, preparing ceiling for sheetrock
Preparing for sheetrock
Someone is confused by all the plastic!
Someone tried to help texture the sheetrock!
Paint getting started.
Nice blue in the hall…
And the other hall. The craft room door is 6feet wide!
Paint getting intense, yeah!
Garage mess
Flooring going in
Flooring, trim, and vent cover
Desk going in
Someone’s new ottoman
17Ciara in window
Perfect to see outside
18Ciara on Rug
Trying out the carpet
Granite countertops
My workspace!
Cardstock, stamps, and more
ikea cupboard
Stamps in CD cases, embellies and stickers in drawers from IKEA
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Vlog…and a sweet summer memory

Hello and happy Saturday! Is anyone else ecstatic that this week is over? It was one crazy thing after another. It had a good ending, but whew. Gettin’ there was a challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got a vlog for you for once…it’s been ages!

My card for today had to be a nice one after that lil rant…lol. So I’ve got one with a little Birdie Brown image called Summer Memories – she’s such a sweet little girl! And she has a little story too.

Sandy Allnock - Birdie Brown Girl1

Copic colors: YG05 G24 YG13 RV06 RV04 RV02 E53 E51 Y17 Y05 Y06 YR24 E17 Patterned paper is by Bazzill, Ribbon by May Arts.

This image is one that I’d taken with me to Anaheim for CHA. Well, I didn’t take it for CHA, but I took a bunch of images to color in between things. Like on the plane. Yes, I color on planes!

However, I had hurriedly filled a few of my markers. So….on the plane I had some giant bloooooops! This was one of them….first the E53 blew up on her chin, and then the Y17 went nuts on the flower and made me color in the background. But you know what? I got so excited. I liked the look of coloring in the background! I also had tons of fun with her little dress, adding my own pokladots with a white pen.

The most fun memory of this image, though, was the reactions of kids on the plane. There were a couple little girls, 3 or 4 years old, running up and down aisles. The yellow caught the eye of one, and she noticed I had my “crayons” with me. She stopped to watch for a little while. The other little girl stopped over as well, and I developed a little audience of kiddos! They started picking through my big stack of stamped images, and I told them they could each pick a picture for me to color for them. Fortunately they let me keep the little girl with the yellow sky….since yellow is my favorite color. I ended up giving away a Greeting Farm image and a MelJen Designs teddybear and a couple others, and it was a fun way to pass the time on the plane.

And I exited the plane with yellow fingers after the marker explosion. LOL!

I’m off to color all day today at our LSS in Tacoma…excited to have some quality time with my peeps, and get some projects underway that I haven’t had time to tackle! Hope you have a blessed day!

PS Doctor/dentist reports were fair to good. Doctor said I did “bust my kneecap” but that it’s going to heal up on its own. Dentist? Not quite as stellar, but not as bad as I expected. A couple not-so-fun appointments coming, but I thought it would be a heck of a lot worse after the length of time since I was in a dentist’s chair. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bloghop: May Arts, meet Scrap Wrangler!


xmas hop


Merry Christmas everyone! And welcome to my little spot on the May Arts Ribbonista Bloghop! We’re actually sharing on our blogs this week, so I really hope you go to the May Arts blog every day and check out the links to the other ribbonistas. It’s one amazingly talented group of ladies, and you won’t want to miss the holiday inspiration! The bloggers for today are:

Today’s question: Are you all done with your holiday prep yet!?!?

Well, when you get those cards and crafty projects done – don’t lose those scraps! I’ve got a little project for you that’ll use up all your holiday paper and ribbon. “Use it up?” you wonder…”Why do that?” Well, I just discovered something wonderful:

Every year – companies make new paper and ribbon.


I know, I know. Nobody told you either!?!? Let me be the first to break it to you! You can use up the items you have now and then have no guilt in buying the new lines next year, how cool is THAT! If you’re anything like me you always say you’ll use up last year’s first….well do it now, don’t wait til next year. Okay, okay, on to my project!

Sandy Allnock - May Arts Scrap Wreath

I call this project a table wreath; depending on the amount of paper, ribbon, and embellishments you have leftover, you can make something smaller like this “wreath” to use on a table, or if you have a lot of goodies, make a garland for your front room bay window! I simply took all my leftovers, (okay some were 12x12s but I wasn’t going to make more cards with them!), tore them into approximately 4x4ish shapes, and threaded them and anything else that wasn’t nailed down onto a piece of wire. I’ve got beads, bells, spools, snippets of faux berries, diecuts, ornaments – all kinds of fun things in here. Remember if you have heavy items, or if you’ll make a large project, use a heavyduty wire. Be sure it won’t break on you! Watch my quick little video (and wave to Punch when he prances through!) – then tell me what YOUR scrap pile looks like!

And if you have more scraps of other sorts than you know what to do with of a non-holiday kind – go check out the Scrap Wrangler video, that ought to get you in shape!

So tell me…how’s your scrap pile looking? Merry Christmas!!!

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Loss of a hero

My tribute post made on the day much of this footage was shot has been refreshed today in honor of this sad anniversary. Please feel free to watch this on YouTube, or at least go there to leave a comment for Rick’s family.

*I found out the hard way that my mobile template does not show videos! Agh. I’ll try to remember to post the urls for videos so mobile viewers can click on them to watch the video. This tribute video:ย

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Did you see?!? Did you see!?!?!?! OWH WON 2nd PRIZE!!!!!!! A little backstory for my readers (see, aren’t you glad you subscribe or visit me? You get the extra scoop!)……

Last Friday I got an email asking if I’d prefer email or phone notification on Monday. I said phone! lol. Then I received an email on Sunday telling me the news. And was sworn to secrecy! Agh! With no idea how long I had to hold in the secret. So I spent the time planning how to announce it – got an email and blog post ready, and Ciara and I got to working on the video. I did tell our board, because if I didn’t tell someone, I thought I would burst!

Monday I received some paperwork in email to sign and send right back. All day Monday and Tuesday I kept our FB folks hanging by providing definitions for phrases like “pins and needles,” “waiting with bated breath” and “on tenterhooks”…LOL! It felt like I was torturing everyone, but I had to find a way to say something without saying I knew anything. I didn’t wanna lie and say I didn’t know the results! heehee. So…..then J’s said they’d make the annoucement on Wednesday. I made an educated guess that it’d be at midnight tonight, EST – since that’s when they started the voting the first day. And I was right – the video finished uploading to YouTube at just before 9pm Pacific, so when I checked the CFAC page, there were the results – so I could officially share!!!

If for some crazy reason you missed it, here’s Miss Ciara’s announcement!

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Request for a Polish general!

If you’re reading this, you’re one of my regulars, and I have a special mission. I’m not posting this on the OWH site since it’s a small project and we don’t need hundreds of these special cards……while you’re reading, click play on this video and listen to the Polish national anthem. (And yes, I’m Polish, so this request has a special place in my heart!)

See this email below from this U.S. Army Major – and in honor of my family’s Polish heritage, I invite you to join in the fun! PLEASE read the instructions carefully.

To Whom It May Concern:
I was wondering if I could request a few homemade birthday cards. I do not need an entire flat rate box however I work for a Polish General and he would like to send birthday greetings to our team which is comprised of approximately 50 personnel. I found one card from your organization which was donated to the Chaplain’s office and he loved it. Unfortunately I do not have any additional birthday cards. Please let me know if you can send me some cards.
Also, the Polish Soldiers celebrate their “Name Day” which is a bigger holiday than their actual birthday. I was wondering if you could ask your volunteers to make approximately 20 happy name day cards. I have googled it and found a couple generic cards with the Polish white eagle on it but they do not ship to APO addresses. Please let me know. Thank you.
L.E.A, Major, U.S. Army

I’d love to have 50 people each make two cards: one Name Day card and one adult birthday card.

My “Name Day” card – eagle not required ๐Ÿ™‚

PLEASE list your name in a comment on this post (Please NUMBER them, so we know when we hit #50) if you’ll do it this week, mailing it at least by Monday Nov 29th….I don’t want this one to drag out, we’ll need this box to go out and then it’s done. And if we don’t get 50, I’ll know who to contact to ask for an extra ๐Ÿ™‚

About the tradition: Polish Name Day

Red and white for the Name Day cards – any colors for the birthday ones

Sentiments: These two are the popular sentiments for Name Day cards. Click on the image then right-click on the larger one to download it. (OR see the pdf link below, to download everything at once)

Translation: “A hundred years!”

Translation: “All the best!”
Click to download a pdf of all the Polish resources
provided on this blog post.

This particular set of cards is going to be given from a general to his men and women – so please, nothing child-oriented. Think of it as an AnyPolishHero card (without a note inside!)….elegant, probably manly – let’s wow them with American crafting! If you want to use the Polish eagle from their flag, I cleaned up a coloring page I found online – you do NOT have to use this, just thought it could be fun. Remember it’s a WHITE eagle, yellow feet, red background. Click on the image then right-click on the larger one to download it.

The regular birthday card
Please make it appropriate for an adult general to send to his men and women. Nothing funny or joke-ish, he may not be fluent in English and that could be weird! Just straight-up happy birthday, and lean towards the masculine side of the spectrum.

A bonus AnyHero project, if you speak/write Polish…
If you wish to write an AnyHero letter in Polish to the general or a Polish hero in his command, please send it along with the above cards. (You can also do that without making the special cards too…it’d be a kick to send the general his own mail!)

A bonus AnyHero project, if you do NOT speak Polish…
If you wish to write an AnyHero letter to the general, rock on! ๐Ÿ™‚ Usual guidelines apply. You can even have your kids color this AnyHero coloring page….click to make it larger, then right-click and download the bigger image. It should say “Thank you, hero, from America”

Mail them!
Postmark on or before November 29th. Mail to: Operation Write Home, 35205 13th Pl SW, Federal Way WA 98023 – thanks!!!!

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Tribute to a fallen hero

I finally completed this tribute to Rick who was killed in action this spring….please continue to pray for his family. If making a video like this hurts, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to live with the loss every day….

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CFH: Interviewed!

The interview over at BlogTalk Radio happened tonight! Click above to go listen to it; if it doesnt start right away, click the itunes button and you can listen to it that way. It’s a slow start, they had to do some vamping with music and banter while they waited for me to solve technical problemsโ€”but once it got going I think it came out pretty well!

I also posted a little “backstory” on the Homefront Blog if you want to read about it ๐Ÿ™‚

Feel free to share the link so more people can hear about CFH and get inspired to join in!